Dr Regine May

Dr Regine May

Associate Professor

+44 (0)113 34 33541

Summary: Ancient drama; The Latin novel; Apuleius' use of Roman comedy, tragedy and mime; Dramatic intertextuality in Apuleius, women in the ancient novels and Greek comedy, short articles on ancient medicine

Research Interests

Regine's special interests are ancient drama and the Latin novel.

She has published a book on Apuleius' use of Roman comedy, tragedy and mime entitled Apuleius and Drama: The Ass on Stage (Oxford 2006), a lemmatised concordance on Cornelius Nepos (Hildesheim 2006), and a commentary on Apuleius Metamorphoses Book 1: With an Introduction, Translation and Notes (Oxford 2013).

She has also written several articles on dramatic intertextuality in Apuleius, women in the ancient novels and Greek comedy, on Latin rhetoric and ancient medicine. Her next project will be to organise a conference on the Reception of Cupid and Psyche 1650 to today, and she will co-write a volume on Apuleius’ reception with Stephen Harrison to accompany the conference.


My first degree was in Latin and English from the University of Trier in Germany (1991-8), to which I added an examination in Greek a year later. As part of this degree, I studied at Jesus College Oxford for one year (1994/5), and I went back to Corpus Christi College Oxford for my DPhil (1998-2001).

I held positions as lecturer in both Latin and Greek in Manchester (2001-3) and Durham (2003/4), and enjoyed two years as a fixed-term Fellow in Classical Languages and Literature at Merton College, Oxford (2004-6), before joining the Classics Department at Leeds in September 2006.


  • (2006) Cornelii Nepotis Vitarum Concordantia (Lemmatised Concordance), Hildesheim
  • (2006) Apuleius and Drama: The Ass on Stage, Oxford   
  • (2013) Apuleius, Metamorphosis, Book 1: With an Introduction, Translation and Notes by Regine May, Oxford

Articles and Book Chapters

·         "Köche und Parasit: Elemente der Komödie in den Metamorphosen des Apuleius". In: Groningen Colloquia on the Novel IX. Groningen 1998, 131-155.

·         "A Parasite in a Domus Comica: Comic Characterisation of Lucius in Met. 1". In: Maaike Zimmerman, Stelios Panayotakis & Wytse Keulen (edd.): The Ancient Novel in Context: Abstracts of the Papers to be Read at the Third International Conference on the Ancient Novel to be held at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands 25-30 July 2000. Groningen 2000, 73f.

·         ""The Rape of the Locks": Cutting Hair in Menander´s Perikeiromene". In: Corona Coronaria: Festschrift für Hans Otto Kröner zum 75. Geburtstag. Edd. Johannes Schwind & Sabine Harwardt. Hildesheim 2005, 275-289 (Spudasmata 102).

·         "Chaste Artemis and Lusty Aphrodite: The Portrait of Women and Marriage in the Greek and Latin Novels". In: Smith, Warren S. (ed.): Satiric Advice on Women and Marriage. University of Michigan 2004, 129-153. 5. "Visualising drama, oratory and truthfulness in Metamorphoses 3" In: Victoria Rimell (ed.): Seeing Tongues, Hearing Scripts: Representation and the Modernity of the Ancient Novel. Groningen 2007, 86-105 (AN Supplement 7). http://0-www.ancientnarrative.com.wam.leeds.ac.uk/archive/antocsup07.htm

·         "The Prologue to Apuleius´ Metamorphoses and Coluccio Salutati: MS. Harley 4838. With an Appendix on Sozomeno of Pistoia and the Nonius Marginalia". In: Keulen, W. H., R.R. Nauta & S. Panayotakis (edd.): Lectiones Scrupulosae: Essays on the Text and the Interpretation of Apuleius’ Metamorphoses in Honour of Maaike Zimmerman. Groningen 2007, 281-312 (Ancient Narrative Supplement 6) http://0-www.ancientnarrative.com.wam.leeds.ac.uk/archive/antocsup06.htm

·         “The Metamorphosis of Pantomime: Apuleius’ Judgement of Paris (Met. 10.30-34)”. In: E. Hall & R. Wyles (edd.): New Directions in Ancient Pantomime. Oxford 2008, 338-362.

·         “An Ass from Oxyrhynchus: P.Oxy. LXX.4762, Loukios of Patrae and the Milesian Tales”. In: Ancient Narrative 8 (2009), 59-83.

·         “The Function of Verse Quotations in Apuleius’ Speeches: Making the Case with Plato.” In: D.H. Berry & Andrew Erskine (edd.): Form and Function in Roman Oratory. Cambridge 2010, 175-192.

·         “Roman Comedy in the Second Sophistic.” In: M. Fontaine & Adele C. Scafuro (edd.): The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy. Oxford 2014, 753-66.

·         “Medicine and the Novel: Apuleius’ Bonding with the Educated Reader”. In: M.P. Futre-Pinhiero, G. Schmeling & E.P. Cueva (edd.): The Ancient Novel and the Frontiers of Genre: Fluid Texts. Groningen 2014, 105-24 (Ancient Narrative Supplementum 18).

Popular Articles, Podcasts etc.

·         Apuleius, or How to Make an Ass of Yourself Using Magic”. In: Iris 13 (Autumn 2010), 22-25.

·         Podcast: “Apuleius and Magic”: (24 min 53 sec) http://www.leeds.ac.uk/italian/classicalpodcast.htm

·         Participation in Podcast: “Ptolemy’s Almagest”


·         Podcast: “Athens and Bollywood: Love at First Sight”


·         Podcast: “Becoming an Ass: Apuleius’ Golden Ass and Disney’s Brave”


 Reviews of

·         Gödde, Susanne & Theodor Heinze (edd.): Skenika: Beiträge zum antiken Theater und seiner Rezeption. Festschrift zum 65. Geburtstag von Horst-Dieter Blume. Darmstadt 2000. http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/2001/2001-01-16.html.

·         Franz, Michael: Von Gorgias bis Lukrez: Antike Ästhetik und Poetik als vergleichende Zeichentheorie. Berlin 1999. In: Classical Review 51 (2001), 302-304. http://0-journals.cambridge.org.wam.leeds.ac.uk/action/displayIssue?jid=CAR&volumeId=51&issueId=02&iid=432423

·         Apuleius: The Golden Ass or Metamorphoses. Translated with an Introduction and Notes by E.J. Kenney. Harmondsworth 1998. In: Classical Review 51 (2001), 407-408. http://0-journals.cambridge.org.wam.leeds.ac.uk/action/displayIssue?jid=CAR&volumeId=51&issueId=02&iid=432423

·         Magnaldi, Giuseppina & Gian Franco Gianotti (edd.): Apuleio: Storia del testo e interpretazioni. Torino 2000. In: Classical Review 52 (2002), 79-80. http://0-journals.cambridge.org.wam.leeds.ac.uk/action/displayIssue?jid=CAR&volumeId=52&issueId=01&iid=423922

·         Frangoulidis, S.: Roles and Performances in Apuleius´ Metamorphoses. Stuttgart 2001. In: Ancient Narrative 1 (2000 – 2001), 382-388. http://0-www.ancientnarrative.com.wam.leeds.ac.uk/archive/antocvol01.htm

·         Hunink, Vincent (ed. with a commentary): Apuleius of Madauros: Florida. Amsterdam 2001. In: The Journal of Roman Studies 92 (2002), 258. http://0-www.jstor.org.wam.leeds.ac.uk/stable/i359565

·         Egelhaaf-Gaiser, Ulrike: Kulträume im römischen Alltag: Das Isisbuch des Apuleius und der Ort von Religion im kaiserzeitlichen Rom. Stuttgart 2000. In: The Journal of Roman Studies 92 (2002), 258-259. http://0-www.jstor.org.wam.leeds.ac.uk/stable/i359565

·         Hammerstaedt, Jürgen, Peter Habermehl, Francesca Lamberti, Adolf M. Ritter & Peter Schenk: Apuleius, de Magia. (SAPERE: Scripta Antiquitatis Posterioris ad Ethicam Religionemque pertinentia V). Darmstadt 2002, in: Classical Review 2004, 115f. http://0-journals.cambridge.org.wam.leeds.ac.uk/action/displayIssue?jid=CAR&volumeId=54&issueId=01&iid=428459

·         Astbury, Raymond (ed.): M. Terentius Varro: Saturarum Menippearum Fragmenta. 2nd edition. Munich & Leipzig, 2002. In: BMCR http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/2003/2003-05-21.html.

·         Laird, A. & A. Kahane (ed.): A Companion to the Prologue to Apuleius‘ Metamorphoses. Oxford 2001. In: Hermathena 173/174 (2003/4), 244-246.

·         Segal , E. (Ed.): Oxford Readings in Menander, Plautus, and Terence. Oxford 2001. In: The Journal of Roman Studies 93 (2003), 356f. http://0-www.jstor.org.wam.leeds.ac.uk/stable/i359566

·         Tylawsky, Elizabeth Ivory: Saturio’s Inheritance: The Greek Ancestry of the Roman Comic Parasite. New York 2002, In: Scholia ns 13 (2004), 150-152. http://www.classics.und.ac.za/reviews/0427tyl.htm

·         Silk, M.S.: Aristophanes and the Definition of Comedy. Oxford 2000. In: Journal of Hellenic Studies 124 (2004), 184f. http://0-www.jstor.org.wam.leeds.ac.uk/stable/i363064

·         O’Brien, Maeve: Apuleius’ Debt to Plato in the Metamorphoses. Lewiston 2002. In: Journal of Roman Studies 95 (2005), 294f.

·         Paschalis, Michael & Stavros Frangoulidis (edd.): Space in the Ancient Novel (Ancient Narrative Supplementum 1). Groningen 2002. In: Journal of Roman Studies 95 (2005), 279f.

·         Zimmerman, M. & R. van der Paardt (edd.): Metamorphic Reflections. Essays Presented to Ben Hijmans at his 75th Birthday. Leuven 2004. In: Classical Review 56 (2006), 135-137. http://0-journals.cambridge.org.wam.leeds.ac.uk/action/displayIssue?jid=CAR&volumeId=56&issueId=01&iid=418139

·         Lalanne, S.: Une éducation grecque: Rites de passage et construction des genres dans le roman grec ancien. Paris 2006. In: Classical Review 58 (2008), 422f.

·         Richlin, A. (ed., transl.): Rome and the Mysterious Orient: Three Plays by Plautus. Berkeley 2005. In: Classical Review 58 (2008), 443f.

·         Hall, Edith & Amanda Wrigley (edd.):  Aristophanes in Performance 421 BC–AD. 2007: ‘Peace’, ‘Birds’, and ‘Frogs’ Oxford 2007. In: Modern Language Review 103 (2008), 807f. http://0-www.ingentaconnect.com.wam.leeds.ac.uk/content/mhra/mlr/2008/00000103/00000003

·         Pasetti, Lucia: Plauto in Apuleio. Bologna 2007. In: http://www.bmcreview.org/2008/12/20081215.html

·         Relihan, Joel C. (transl.): Apuleius, The Golden Ass, or, A Book of Changes. Indianapolis IN 2007. In: Petronian Society Newsletter 38 (2008), 21-22. http://www.ancientnarrative.com/PSN/pdf/psn38.pdf

·         Graverini, Luca: Le Metamorfosi di Apuleio: Letteratura e identità. Pisa 2007. In: Gnomon 83 (2011), 81-83.

·         Panayotakis, Costas (ed., trans.): Decimus Laberius: The Fragments. Cambridge 2010. In: Classical Review 61 (2011), 101-103.

·         Kirichenko, A.:  A Comedy of Storytelling, Theatricality and Narrative in Apuleius’ Golden Ass. Heidelberg 2010. In: Ancient Narrative 10 (2012) http://www.ancientnarrative.com/pdf/anvol1014reviewkirichenkobymay.pdf

·         Nicolini, L.: Ad (L)usum lectoris: etimologia e giochi di parole in Apuleio. Bologna 2011. In: Classical Review 63 (2013), 131-32.